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From the Publisher"The current consensus among scholars is that rhetoric and its histories are culturally constructed rhetorical acts. This supposition has stimulated research that revises the history of rhetoric—history established by such venerable scholars as James Murphy and George Kennedy—into a more inclusive history of rhetorics. Although this book could not exist without the codified historical narrative it challenges by deemphasizing the universal in favor of the particular, clearly its time has come. Ballif and Moran provide an excellent and succinct introduction that surveys the current state of historical scholarship and establishes three goals: to encourage readers to think of rhetoric as including figures who challenge the established canon (the book includes nontraditional as well as traditional figures—women, poets, pre-Socratic philosophers, etc.); to reshuffle the deck of future influence by spotlighting less traditional figures; and to open readers' eyes to the contemporary application and significance of rhetoric….Although this volume will not displace the revised histories, it will supplement them and cannot be ignored. Essential. All collections; all levels."
"This handsomely bound volume of studies supplies a much-needed resource for teachers and students of classical rhetoric: concise stand-alone summaries of ancient Greek and Roman writers who wrote about the practiced art of rhetoric….[t]his overview is bound to supply teachers, students, and libraries with one of the most accessible, useful, and diverse treatments of its subject currently available."
The Classical Outlook